The Centre is one of the most vibrant groups of historians devoted to the study of science, technology and medicine in the world, covering a long chronological range, and concerned with global as well as national histories. It is notable for being fully integrated into a history department both organisationally and intellectually. Our aim is to research and teach the histories of science, technology and medicine in ways that change understandings of their history, of history in general, and of the world in which we live today . Our work has engaged directly with policy-makers and politicians, and just as importantly has affected national and international conversations about science, technology and medicine.
The core of the new Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine moved to the History Department of King’s College London from Imperial College London in August 2013. The Centre was founded in Imperial College London 1993 and drew on a tradition of teaching and research in the subject at the College dating to 1963. The Centre emerged as the top ranking history department in the United Kingdom in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. It has since grown with new appointments and the incorporation of colleagues already in King’s, to become one of the largest such groups anywhere.
Since 2000 the Centre work, particularly in postgraduate research has been supported by a very generous endowment from the Arcadia Trust, which allows us to fully fund a number of outstanding graduate students from anywhere in the world.